MAGIC Hackathon connects young programmers to job opportunities

Westminster, MD – MAGIC, the economic development non-profit organization focused on technology and broadband infrastructure in Westminster, MD is pleased to announce that the recent Carroll County Hackathon, jointly sponsored by MAGIC, McDaniel College, Carroll Community College, and ByteLion, has placed participants into internships and part time jobs as a result of their performance during the Hackathon.

“We loved taking part in the Carroll County Hackathon.  We had a chance to meet risk takers and technology enthusiasts. As a result of the competition, we hired 2 individuals and have 3 interns actively developing software for customers around the world,” said Terry MacGregor, President of ByteLion.

MAGIC measures its economic development impact on three outcomes: job creation, new company creation or recruitment, and new investment dollars into the community.

“Students, as budding professionals, need what MAGIC and the Hackathon have provided: inspiration to create, the opportunity to work with a team of talented and creative individuals, and a platform to expose ideas and talent. MAGIC’s Hackathon delivered that and more. I am especially excited that two Carroll Community College students landed jobs as a result of the Hackathon. It can’t get much better than that for our students,”  said Dr. James Ball, President of Carroll Community College.

“We are thrilled with the Hackathon. It was great to see McDaniel students working together with students from local high schools and the Community College to create an incredible range of projects. Several of our students are turning this experience into internships and jobs here in Carroll County,” said Dr. Bryn Upton, Director of the Honors Program and the Encompass Distinction at McDaniel College.

The City of Westminster and Carroll County Government are supporters of MAGIC.  Participating organization contact information is listed below.

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MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a non-profit 501c(3) technology incubator in Westminster, MD fostering economic development, creating technology jobs, and nurturing innovation and technology start-ups, leveraging the gigabit services enabled by the Westminster Fiber Network. For additional information about MAGIC, contact Robert Wack, 443- 340-3227, or email rwack@magicinc.org.

The City of Westminster is building the Westminster Fiber Network, the only community wide gigabit fiber network in the mid-Atlantic region. The City sponsors many other community events through the year. For additional information, please see the City web page (www.westgov.com) or call 410-848-9000.

ByteLion works with innovators in the startup and corporate world to transform ideas into beautifully designed habit forming products. Contact: Terry MacGregor phone 888.404.3133 email: info@bytelion.com.

Carroll Community College is a public, open admissions, associate-degree-granting college serving Carroll County, MD with baccalaureate preparation programs, career education, workforce and business development, and personal and cultural enrichment opportunities. Media Contact:  Sylvia Blair, phone 410-386-8411; email SBlair@carrollcc.edu.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. www.mcdaniel.edu . Contact: Cheryl Knauer, Director, Media Relations email: cknauer@mcdaniel.edu phone: 410-857-2294

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